Reading the Peak District Landscape
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Jun 2019

        Summary

        Describes and interprets the Peak District through time, explaining and mapping the landscape.
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        12726809

        Main Summary

          The Peak District is a vital place with landscapes of great beauty from wild moorlands to walled fields around picturesque villages. There are few places in the world where such a rich history is visible in one relatively small but varied landscape. This book introduces a wealth of archaeological sites and landscapes. It explores patterns of settlement, with contrasting zones where villages dominate and others where scattered farmsteads are the norm. These settlements are found in radically different farming landscapes, some with medieval origins, others coming later when extensive upland commons were enclosed. Industrial sites and landscapes are examined, including those for quarrying for stone and mining for lead and coal. People have always travelled through the Peak, with many old routeways now abandoned but still visible. Water has been vital and it was carefully managed. The landscape has many surviving prehistoric sites. There are also Roman and medieval remains built by church and state. Similarly, there are polite landscapes created by the wealthy contrasting with conflict landscapes where men trained for war, while others defended their homeland. The book concludes with description of the ways individual communities have long cross-cut local differences in landscape character, each using a wide variety of different resources.

          Additional Information

          Author

          John Barnatt

          Author Information

          John Barnatt worked for three decades as the Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park.

          Publishing Status

          Forthcoming

          Size

          276mm

          Number of Illustrations

          233

          Number of Pages

          272

          ISBN

          9781848023796

          Contents

            1. Introducing the Peak District – People, Places and Landscapes

            2. Peak Landscapes

            3. Places to Live

            4. Land to Farm

            5. Using Fields

            6. Wealth from the Ground

            7. Quarrying Stone

            8. Travelling Between Places

            9. Using Water

            10. Past Landscapes

            11. Roman Occupation and Medieval Elites

            12. Polite Landscapes

            13. Conflict Landscapes

            14. Inhabited Places

            15. Postscript - People, Place and Archaeology Today

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